The best festivals you can enjoy this Mayday

Travel with Shearings over the Mayday and enjoy some of the country’s great springtime traditions, as well as other included excursion on our fantastic short breaks.

Traditionally seen as the start of Spring, towns and villages across the country take part in a number of different traditions to welcome the season and see off the cold and dark Winter.

We’ve looked at a few of the best festivals you can enjoy this Mayday.

‘Obby ‘Oss – Padstow

‘Obby ‘Oss – Padstow

A folk celebration that has roots back to the 16th century, but may even be pre-Christian, two teams parade through the town, each accompanied by an ‘Obby ‘Oss (hobby horse). The rest of the teams are made up by musicians and other revellers singing the ‘Obby ‘Oss through the streets, which have been lined with greenery, flowers and flags. Shearings’ holiday Newquay, Falmouth and Padstow, leaves from Yorkshire and the North East on April 30th with prices from £190. Staying in Newquay, from where a bus goes to Padstow for the festivities. Click here to find out more  

Beltane Fire Festival – Edinburgh

Beltane Fire Festival – Edinburgh

A resurrection of an ancient Iron Age Celtic ritual celebrating the coming of spring, the festival takes place on Calton Hill, close to the centre of Edinburgh. A procession is made by the Green Man and May Queen and a cast of characters before a stage performance and the lighting of a huge bonfire. Following the fire, food and drinks are served, with performers and the audience coming together to celebrate into the night. You can reach the festival by train from Melrose on Shearings’ holiday, Scottish Borders and Edinburgh, which includes a daytime trip to Edinburgh. Coaches depart from across the country on April 30th with prices from £171. Click here to find out more

Cerne Abbas Maypole – Cerne Abbas

Cerne Abbas in the Dorset Area of Outstanding National Beauty is most famous for the Cerne Abbas Giant which adorns a nearby hillside. On Mayday, traditional celebrations take place here including maypole dancing from sunrise and many other festivities in and around the village throughout the day. These types of celebrations are typical of many places across the country, but what makes Cerne Abbas stand out is the setting alongside the magnificent giant and within this beautiful open countryside. Shearings travel to nearby Weymouth over May 1st on our Weymouth and Dorset Delights tour, leaving from the North East, South East and Yorkshire on April 30th with prices from £272. Click here to find out more

Jack in the Green – Hastings

Jack in the Green – Hastings

On the weekend following Mayday the town of Hastings hosts four days of festivities to celebrate the beginning of Spring. The culmination of these is the procession of jack, an embodiment of spring in a giant cloak of leaves and a flower crown through the town followed by hundreds of people. This year there will be a number of live performances, as well as Morris dancers in attendance over the weekend. Eastbourne is just down the coast from Hastings and Shearings offer a number of holidays over early May, allowing you to get to the festival in half an hour by train. Click here for options 

For more details of all these holidays and for all the holidays we have to offer over the Mayday bank holiday, visit


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